May 25, 2013 12:02am
Re: Miami TV schedules (WTVJ) for the week from December 6 1953 to December 12 1953
...and so, WNEW, an independant station, once DuMont flagship station, broadcast the following on Thursday 11 August 1960:
7:50AM - "Call to Prayer"
8:00AM - "Ding Dong School" (ITC version?)
8:30AM - "Sandy Becker" (I wasn't alive then...which of the Sandy Becker series was it?)
9:25AM - News
9:30AM - "Topper"
10:00AM - Movie
11:25AM - News
11:30AM - "Romper Room"
12:30PM - Cartoons
1:25PM - News
1:30PM - Movie
2:55PM - News
3:00PM - "TV Reader's Digest"
3:30PM - "Doorway to Destiny" (??)
4:00PM - "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents" (a worldwide syndication sensation!)
4:30PM - "Mr. District Attorney"
5:00PM - "Dateline Europe"
5:30PM - "Big Beat"
6:30PM - Cartoons
7:00PM - "Sheriff of Cochise"
7:30PM - "Rough Riders"
8:30PM - "Badge 714"
9:30PM - Wrestling
11:00PM - News
11:05PM - Movie
12:45PM - News
Why is it that "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents" seems to appear everywhere on old TV schedules?
...and I finally found the Melbourne schedule for 6 November 1956:
6:00PM - "The Judy Jack Show"
6:30PM - "Jet Jackson" (episode title: "The Human Bomb")
7:00PM - News, Weather
7:15PM - "The Isador Goodman Show"
7:30PM - "Three Musketeers"
8:00PM - "Father Knows Best" (episode title: "The Mink Coat")
8:30PM - "Four Star Playhouse" (episode title: "Study in Panic")
9:00PM - "San Francisco Beat"
9:30PM - News, Weather
9:45PM - Station close
Isador Goodman was a popular pianist in Australia. He played a wide variety of styles on his show. I think Judy Jack (who hosted a kiddie show) had done some stage work, but had no film experience (No surprise there. People talk about TV hurting film, but in the 1950s there wasn't really an Australian film industry to kill, the country only producing a couple of features a year during the 1950s...Australia's film industry had died in 1940 due to WW2, and didn't recover until the 1970s, the same decade in which Australian-produced TV drama reached a new highpoint)
The US-produced offerings are interesting: "The Three Musketees" has vanished into obscurity (no surprise there), while "Four Star Playhouse" is a cult classic waiting to happen.